ewport in July is awash with wonderful musical forces. From the world famous Newport Music Festival
and Newport Folk & Jazz Festival
to our many local concerts and clubs; beaches and vineyards; parks and museums — a July day doesn’t pass by without the melodies of talented musicians from Newport and throughout the world wafting through our county.
The ACA’s annual contribution to our musical heritage is BridgeFest
, now in its 6th year. Read on for more on this year’s exciting installment.
JULY 28-31: DON’T MISS A BEAT!
BridgeFest 2014: BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!
Just so your toes keep tapping, the ACA announces our 6th Annual BridgeFest, bridging the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festivals. This year, we’ve added countless more musicians and venues to our schedule.
Take a look at some highlights:
PREMIER EVENTS VENUES
Sanford-Covell Villa Marina
, 72 Washington Street, Newport, RI 02840
Channing Memorial Church
, 135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840
The Canfield House
, 5 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840
, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
, 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Motif Magazine Rock Stage at Sandywoods Center for the Arts
, 4 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878
Queen Anne Square sponsored by The Newport Daily News
, Americas Cup Ave., Newport, RI 02840
, 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Jamestown Central Baptist Church
, 99 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, RI 02835
BridgeFest’s Arts & Fine Crafts Fair at Trinity Church
, 1 Queen Anne Square, Newport, RI 02840
ALWAYS A SELL-OUT; GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
Sunset Soiree Kicks of BridgeFest
Join us for a “Sunset soiree” at the beautiful Sanford Covell Villa Marina in Newport. Featuring jazz from bassist David Zinno and guitarist Jay Azzolina (Spyro Gyra). The event will also feature special guests from the art & music community. Enjoy an open bar with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Varied selection of Raffle items, the proceeds of which will benefit the Arts & Cultural Alliance and our local musicians.
ARTS BEHIND THE SCENES AT WHITEHORNE
Sold Out Audience Fascinated by Furniture Treasures
On June 26th, a gathering of arts lovers joined the Newport Restoration Foundation’s NRF’s Director of Collections, Bruce MacLeish, at the magnificent Federal-period Whitehorne House Museum in Newport to view up-close some of the best pieces of mahogany colonial furniture to be found in any American museum. Fascinated attendees learned about new discoveries uncovered during conservation and got a connoisseur’s looks at priceless products of renowned Newport furniture makers. Refreshments in the garden and informal conversations with NRF gardeners followed the tour. The sold out event was another in the series of our exclusive “Arts Behind The Scenes” events throughout the year. Our sincere appreciation to the NRF for hosting the event.
WASHINGTON NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Be a champion for the Humanities in Rhode Island
Last week the House Interior subcommittee passed its FY 2015 appropriations bill, which cut $8 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A portion of NEH funds come to Rhode Island through the Humanities Council and allow us to connect and cultivate the state’s tremendous cultural resources through partnerships and grantmaking. TODAY please join us in advocating for the humanities.
to send a message to your member of the House opposing the bill and supporting funding for the NEH and state humanities councils.
JAMESTOWN’S ART CENTER 4TH ANNUAL: July 26, 6-9pm
BridgeFest isn’t the only Arts Soiree in July!
The Jamestown Arts Center invites everyone to enjoy this unique celebration in support of a community arts center where artists and art lovers of all ages, abilities and artistic disciplines learn, collaborate, and gain inspiration. Proceeds from the Summer Soiree will go toward visual and performing arts events and programming. This promises to be a fabulous evening!
A special preview party from 5-6pm will feature an artists and curator talk, along with champagne and lobster hors d’oeuvres. For more information and tickets, click here www.jamestownartcenter.org
PROJECT MURAL: CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS & STREET ARTISTS
Help Beautify Newport: Take a Picture – Paint a Wall!
The Women’s Resource Center is recruiting young street artists from Newport (age 15-25) to lead the creation of a large-scale mural in Hunter Park. The goal of the mural project is to bring the community together, while also providing the opportunity for young people to spread a positive message about their community. Selected artists will work under the guidance of a mentor to create the mural.
New Project Mural will replace ugly graffiti
like this with beautiful scenes of Newport!
25-30 hours between June and September. Exact meeting times to be determined by selected artists.
Artistic ability (although no mural experience required), ability to work as a team, reliable and responsible, willingness to work with all ages, professional, courteous demeanor
Stipend + mentoring & professional experience
To apply or for more information:
Call or email Ben Ellcome
Project Mural is also collecting images of Newport through a “Photo-a-Day” challenge. We have over 100 images collected thus far. Go to https://www.facebook.com/WRCNBC
to enter the contest and post your favorite photos.
By the end of this month we would like to have an initial meeting with the artists to get the ball rolling, so that by the time July ends and all of our images are collected (the youth PhotoVoice images are also included) the artists will be able to get right to work on the mural image.
This project is a collaboration between the City of Newport Clean City Program, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, The Point Association of Newport, the Alliance for a Livable Newport, and the Women’s Resource Center.
Project Mural is made possible through the generous support of the Andrade-Faxon Charities for Children, Newport County Fund, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
AHOY ALL ARTISTS
A Special Cruise for Painters, Sketchers and Photographers
Join the Portsmouth Arts Guild and cruise Newport Harbor in a beautifully restored Maine lobster boat with lots of seating in sun or shade, stopping at various locales with time to sketch and take photos
Watercolor paints, dry media and cameras welcome (no oils please).
Only $35/30 PAG members
For more information or to register contact Susan Conant at email@example.com
Lawn chairs ready? Picnic basket stocked? Hope to see you at one or more of our musical events this July. And look for me at our BridgeFest Soire on July 28th as we toast to our many talented musicians throughout Rhode Island and to a beautiful sunset over the water at the Sanford Covell Inn.